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Harsh toke AP, Coaches

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The weekend is over, and the nation’s observers have weighed in with their opinions. By that I mean the release of this week’s Top 25 lists.

Obviously the top 3 schools are going to be Florida, Texas and Alabama right now. From there, it’s debatable for every other position. However, there is a debate that didn’t seem to take place at all.

When I looked at the Top 25 lists, I was caught off guard and surprised by the fall that Nebraska took. Entering the weekend, Nebraska was ranked 19th in the AP poll and 18th in the Coaches poll. After losing 16-15 in Blacksburg, Va., to Virginia Tech, the Huskers fell to 25th in the AP and 24th in the Coaches.

At the same time the Hokies moved up from 13th and 14th respectably, to 11th and 12th.

This just raises a question for me. How do you justify dropping the Huskers that far after going on the road and nearly beating the Hokies? Yes, they deserve to fall from their spot at the beginning of the weekend. However, falling to 24th and 25th isn’t justified.

The Huskers instead should have been ranked around 22nd. If the loss would have come to Florida Atlantic or Arkansas State, then yes drop them as far as you want. However, on the road against a good — not great but good — Va. Tech team doesn’t seem the justification for a 6-place drop.

All in all, that was a harsh toke from both the AP and the Coaches.

Nebraska falls to Virginia Tech in heartbreaker

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Virginia Tech flanker Danny Coale (19) looks back as races down sideline 80 yards before getting stopped on the three-yard line by Nebraska late in the second half of an NCAA college football game at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The play set up the Hokies winning score in their 16-15 win. (AP)

Heartbreak.

There is no other word to describe what Nebraska Cornhusker fans were feeling after their 16-15 loss at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

The Hokies were thoroughly outplayed by the Huskers on both sides of the ball, however the story of the day for the Huskers was mistakes — such as penalties while near the goal line  and blown coverage late in the fourth quarter.

The Huskers were dominant on defense — allowing only 194 total yards until 2 minutes left in the game — with the exception of the final drive. On offense, the team moved the chains — playing especially efficiently in the run game (207 yards) — but couldn’t turn that movement into touchdowns. Continue reading

Nebraska outscores Kansas State

Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz (12) passes to a teammate during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Ganz accounted for 365 yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading Nebraska to a 56-28 win over Kansas State. (AP)

Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz (12) passes to a teammate during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Ganz accounted for 365 yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading Nebraska to a 56-28 win over Kansas State. (AP)

Nebraska (7-4, 4-3) drove down to Manhattan, KS., and played a good offensive game en route to a 56-28 victory. The Huskers dominated the majority of the game, however, it was still in question with more than 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Husker defense was constantly in the face of Kansas State (4-7, 1-6) quarterback Josh Freeman and hit him hard over and over again. The Blackshirts gave up two big pass plays — a 63-yard TD and a 51-yard pass that set up a third quarter TD — but otherwise only gave up 133 more yards to the Wildcats.

The Huskers started off on the wrong foot, as Joe Ganz’s first pass was intercepted by KSU safety Courtney Herndon and returned 57 yards for a touchdown. With the Wildcats on top so quickly the Huskers needed a scoring drive, and they got just that on their very next possession. Continue reading

Breaking down Nebraska vs. Kansas State

Roy Helu Jr. and Nebraska will head on the road to visit Josh Freeman and Kansas State in Manhattan, KS., on Saturday. The Huskers hope to run away from one of the Big 12's worst teams and continue it's fine road form. (Photo illustration, Michael Mason-D'Croz)

Roy Helu Jr. and Nebraska will head on the road to visit Josh Freeman and Kansas State in Manhattan, KS., on Saturday. The Huskers hope to run away from one of the Big 12's worst teams and continue it's fine road form. (Photo illustration, Michael Mason-D'Croz)

This weekend brings with it a very important game for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-4, 3-3), but a game that is even more important for the Kansas State Wildcats (4-6, 1-5).

Nebraska heads on the road to play against Kansas State in Manhattan, KS., and goes in as the clear favorite. However, the Cats need a win here to keep their bowl dreams alive, and will give Nebraska all it has.

Kansas State needs to win out to get to six wins and bowl eligibility and gets its final two games at home — this week against Nebraska, next week against Iowa State. However, Nebraska is playing to keep momentum and move forward towards a higher bowl.

At this point in time it looks likely that Nebraska will win their final two games of the season and end with an 8-4 record. With that record the Huskers will be looking at either the Gator Bowl, Sun Bowl or Alamo Bowl — all of which the Huskers would happily accept.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the positional breakdown. Continue reading

Tech stays atop the Big 12 rankings

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree scores touchdown against Oklahoma State's Quinton Moore and Jacob Lacey during  an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008  in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree scores touchdown against Oklahoma State's Quinton Moore and Jacob Lacey during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

After another great week of Big 12 games, the conference rankings have shaken up a bit — but not much. Obviously the Texas Tech Red Raiders remain atop the standings, but they will face a very tough challenge in what I think is the best team in the Big 12 in Oklahoma. That game doesn’t come for another two weeks because of Tech’s bye week, but it will be a great game to watch when it does hit our TV sets.

So without further ado, here’s this week’s Power Rankings:

  1. Texas Tech (10-0, 6-0) beat a good Oklahoma State team at home 56-20. I honestly thought it would be a close game, but I was very very wrong. Every since Nebraska put a scare in Texas Tech they have looked like a completely different team — especially defensively.
  2. Texas (9-1, 5-1) is waiting for Tech to fall and hoping for a chance to jump back up to where they were. Last week they overpowered Baylor and after starting sluggishly, they cruised to a 45-21 win.
  3. Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1)could still play in the BCS championship. If the Sooners are able to beat Tech in two weeks they will more than likely climb to No. 2 in the BCS and would at that point hold the three way tie-breaker between Texas, Texas Tech and themselves — despite losing to Texas.
  4. Oklahoma State (8-2, 4-2) lost badly to Tech, but so have a lot of teams. The thing I’m concerned about Continue reading

Gameday, 11/1

In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Gainesville, Fla. Tebow and Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno had career days in last year's Florida-Georgia game. Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns and led the Bulldogs to a 42-30 victory. Tebow, trying to protect a bruised shoulder, was sacked a career-high six times and never got the Gators going. How each team handles the other's star could be the key again Saturday. (AP)

In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Gainesville, Fla. Tebow and Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno had career days in last year's Florida-Georgia game. Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns and led the Bulldogs to a 42-30 victory. Tebow, trying to protect a bruised shoulder, was sacked a career-high six times and never got the Gators going. How each team handles the other's star could be the key again Saturday. (AP)

There are a lot of games to be aware of today, two battles between top ten teams and some traditional rivalry games. There are also many games today that have the chance for upset — so lets take a look at what I’m looking forward to.

The two obvious games of the day at No. 1 Texas at No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 8 Florida at No. 6 Georgia. These two games should be greatly entertaining, and I can’t imagine which will be better.

Starting in the SEC, Florida wants to avenge their loss to Georgia last season at The Swamp. The Gators especially want to be able to win after the way that Georgia celebrated their first touchdown last season — having the whole team run into the endzone and dance in mass.

Urban Meyer has said he doesn’t want his players to talk about, or think about the endzone celebration that the Dawgs did last season.

The Gators will be lead by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Tebow has been improving lately after starting slow. However, Tebow isn’t nearly the threat on the ground that he has been Continue reading